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CONSTITUTIONAL BASIS FOR THE U.S. ARMY


Published July 8, 1987


Department of Defense - Description: THIS PROGRAM EXAMINES THE ORIGINS OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, WHICH EVERY SOLDIER SWEARS TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND. THE PROVISIONS WHICH DEAL WITH CREATION AND CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY ARE HIGHLIGHTED. PROVIDES A HISTORY OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, NOTING ITS WEAKNESSES WHICH CAUSED PROBLEMS FOR GENERAL WASHINGTON'S CONTINENTAL ARMY. AS TENSION BETWEEN THE THIRTEEN STATES GREW, A MEETING AT ANNAPOLIS CALLED FOR THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION AT PHILADELPHIA IN MAY 1787. BRITISH AND FRENCH INFLUENCE ON THE FRAMERS IS EXPLAINED. PORTRAYS DEBATES AMONG DELEGATES REGARDING THE NEED FOR A STANDING ARMY UNDER CONTROL OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. POINTS OUT THOSE ARTICLES WHICH PERTAIN TO THE ARMY AND IDENTIFIES 23 SIGNERS AS VETERANS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. NOTES THE DIFFICULTIES INVOLVED IN RATIFICATION BY ALL THE STATES. EXPLAINS SEPARATION OF POWER BETWEEN CONGRESS, THE PRESIDENT AND THE SUPREME COURT AS IT APPLIES TO THE ARMY. THE CONSTITUTION IS A LIVING DOCUMENT WHIH CHECKS AND BALANCES WHICH PROVIDE FOR AN ENLIGHTENED AND EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT. - PIN 707389


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Language English

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